"...The day neared its end. Tiger, Monkey, Bear, Crane and Deer where tired after their long hike through the deep forest in the mountains. You felt you were getting close to the Sanctuary of the Snake and decided to camp for the night. The night was unusually cold and only your comforting stories around your campfire could warm you. The hexagram told you your task was more serious than the Grand Chancellor had let you to believe, when they sent you to retrieve the shimmering pearl from the snake. But you made it this far, you had no reason to turn around now.
The morning greeted you with the gentle dew of the mountain valleys and the bright song of the early birds. You rose refreshed from your rest, ready to face your challenge!
But an unease from the omen of the yarrow stalks made you cautious as you approach the Sanctuary of the Snake...
5 Fists is different!
5 Fists takes the idea of a classic RPG and turns it on its head:
There are no classes, no Hit Points, no XP! There's not even a GM!
Instead, each character is defined by their Weapon of Choice:
Rope Dart, Spear, Sword, Dagger Axe & Crossbow!
5 Fists follows up to 5 Heroes on a quest through a 5 Room Dungeon with everything you love from classical RPGs and dungeon crawls like puzzles and traps, but without the tedious bookkeeping. 5 Fists also puts away the classic stat block and replaces it with descriptors based on your fighting style.
5 Fists is Binary
When we say binary, we are talking about mechanics. 5 Fists builds on the idea of a Coin Toss, but if you love the feeling of dice in your hand, you can just pick up you favorite dice and assign odd and even numbers to success or failure.
5 Fist is Queer
We decided to go with Animals as characters for the 5 different Weapon Archetypes, because we are aware of the burden any fantasy role already has to carry. You get to decide the role You want to play, and that includes your characters gender identity! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
5 Fists is Jamming
5 Fists is going to be part of the Pleasure-not-Buisiness-Card RPG Jam, the Try Folds Jam and the Five Powers Jam #2.
5 Fists is Sensitive
5 Fists is not only based on philosophy, but also on cultural material that is not our own. This is why we asked people from this culture about how we handled the material. But just because our sensitivity readers gave us their thumbs up, doesn't mean everything is done: Sensitivity Reading is an ongoing process and if you feel we handled your cultural material not right, please contact us.
5 Fists is Funding
To get an alternative cover for 5 Fists, we decided to get this fundraiser going. But why stop with just an alternative cover? Wouldn't it be great to support different amazing artists and get an extra booklet with cool artwork, just because you believe in this project? That's exactly what we thought! So here's the deal:
- Get 5 Fists through the sale page
- The initial goal is $300
- After that, each $100 will open up a slot to commission art
We scratched this part here:
For transparency, these are not $300 that go directly to the artist, because from all your purchases, different entities take a bite out of the cake - Itch, taxes, payment service providers. But I will be able to have funds to pay artists their rate.
We scratched it, because we will compensate the bites third parties take out of the cake. We are more excited to get art commissioned than trying to figure out what lands on my plate.
What will happen if we don't reach our Goal?
Glad you asked! We will figure out to get some artwork based on the funds we have. This means we will look for simple pieces from different artists and will try to create a fun booklet with different art work this way!